Professor Vanessa Toulmin

Vanessa Toulmin

Director of City & Cultural Engagement

Professor Vanessa Toulmin is Director of City & Cultural Engagement at the University of Sheffield and is producer and curator of Festival of the Mind. She is also Research Director of the National Fairground Archive and Chair in Early Film and Popular Entertainment.

Professor Toulmin is a leading authority on Victorian entertainment and film, and has completed extensive research on traveling showpeople. She also acts as a leading authority on new variety and circus and has acted as creative advisor to leading festivals in the United Kingdom including the Roundhouse in London and Showzam in Blackpool.

Professor Toulmin is the author of several books, including The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon, Electric Edwardians, and Pleasurelands. Her recent publications include four major works on the architecture and history of Blackpool's attractions: Winter Gardens, Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the Blackpool Illuminations.
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